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Coria wins Monte Carlo tennis title

  |   April 25, 2004 at 4:04 PM
MONTE CARLO, Monaco, April 25 (UPI) -- Argentina's Guillermo Coria rolledin to a decisive victory over Germany's Rainer Schuettler in Sunday's final of the Tennis Masters of Monte Carlo.

The third-seeded Coria lost only six games in routing the fourth-seeded Schuettler, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3, for his second Masters Series title.

Coria, who also won in Hamburg last year, claimed his 26th straight match win on clay and spoiled Schuettler's 28th birthday. It was his 12th overall ATP Tour title.

The 22-year-old become the first Argentine to win in Monte Carlo since his former coach, Alberto Mancini, in 1989.

Coria appeared in his second straight ATP Masters Series finale. He reached the final last week against Andy Roddick at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami, but was forced to retire in the fourth set with a back injury.

Coria's winning streak on clay is the longest since Thomas Muster won 40 in 1995.

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